Following on from last week’s introduction of the new faces joining Geochemical Transactions, the official journal of the ACS Geochemistry Division, we’re delighted to introduce two further renowned geochemists to the Editorial Board.
Dr. Caroline M. Jonsson received her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry at Umea University, Sweden, in 2007, and did her postdoctoral studies at the Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore) and the Carnegie Institution for Science (Washington, DC) in 2007-2009. Caroline is currently assistant professor at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Her research is focused on the interactions that occur at the surface of mineral particles in aqueous solution; more specifically, the adsorption of organic molecules on metal oxide particles as a function of pH, concentrations, ionic strength etc. Caroline’s research activities extend from the adsorption of herbicides on soil particles, through the adsorption of amino acids on minerals in the origin of life on Earth, to the fate and behavior of synthesized nanoparticles in the environment, and include both experimental work and modeling.
The goal is to increase our understanding of physicochemical processes that occur in nature”
At the University of Gothenburg she leads a research group focusing on the colloidal stability of TiO2 and SiO2 nanoparticles in the presence of various environmentally relevant organic molecules in water. The group also investigates the specific interactions that occur at the molecular level upon adsorption of these organic molecules.The goal is to increase our understanding of physicochemical processes that occur in nature and develop models that may be used to reduce uncertainty in nanomaterial risk assessments.
Wei Li is the Dengfeng Career Development Associated Professor of Geochemistry and the vice director of International Research Center for Critical Zone Science (IRCZS) at Nanjing University, China. Wei Li received his Ph.D. in Environmental Molecular Geochemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2010, and then conducted a postdoctoral training at the University of Delaware before joining Nanjing University. His research focus on chemical reactions at solid-water interface, with an emphasis on understanding the mechanism of adsorption behavior of environmental concentration chemicals (P, As, Ni, Zn) on soil minerals and the nature of surface reactivity of Fe(Al) hydroxides by spectroscopic techniques such as solid state NMR, synchrotron X-ray techniques (e.g., XAS, PDF).
Several of my advisors/collaborators have served editor or editorial board to Geochemical Transactions, including Brian Phillips, Martin Schoonen, Jim Kubicki. Now it is my turn to serve the journal and make it better than ever.”
Professor Li is also interested in developing novel materials for metal immobilization for contaminated soils and fluoride removal in groundwater. His awards include the Liu Yongning Award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2006), Dengfeng Young Faculty Award from Nanjing University (2013), Jiangsu Young Investigator Award (2015), and the China’s “Thousand Youth Talents Plan” (2016). He published over 32 technical papers in peer-review journals and co-edited an ACS Symposium Series book entitled “Advances in the Environmental Biogeochemistry of Manganese Oxides”. Professor Li was previously a Guest Editor for the article collection “Surface reactivity, mineralogy and environmental significance of Mn oxides“ in Geochemical Transasctions.